We're Hiring.... Meade County Jail

Employment Opportunity:     Job # 17-2 / Control Room Operator (PART-TIME) 

Posting Type:                           Open Announcement    (FEB 24, 2017)

Closing Date:                           OPEN UNTIL FILLED 

Starting Wage:                          $14.50 per Hour/ 

Application Procedures:          Please submit Application / Resume to:                                                               

  • Human Resources/ 1300 Sherman Street Suite ▫ 212 ▫ Sturgis, SD 57785


(24 hours per week) 

General Statement of Duties

Under the direct supervision of the Jail Administrator, is responsible for operating the control console to monitor and control various functions of Meade County’s sheriff and correctional operations and to provide guidance and direction to personnel.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

Control Room Operator

  1. Observe monitor screens that transmit in sequence views of the sheriff and correctional operations.
  2. Operate control board to stop and maintain surveillance of location where incident is developing.
  3. Telephone appropriate personnel or other designated agency to notify authorities of disruptive activity.
  4. Watch Correctional Officers to ensure safety and maintain peace while they are working with inmates.
  5. Open secured doors to authorized personnel and public to enter and/or exit correctional facilities.
  6. Adjust monitor controls when required to improve reception, and notify repair service of equipment malfunctions.
  7. Log and enter daily events into computer.
  8. Serve as a backup office receptionist answering the telephone, and radio traffic and greeting individuals.  Answer questions and direct individuals to the appropriate personnel.
  9. Prepare reports.
  10. Attend training, seminars and workshops as deemed necessary.
  11. Wear Personal Protective Equipment as deemed necessary.
  12. Perform duties in a manner consistent with safe practices and policies.
  13. Perform other such duties and functions as deemed necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience and Education:

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. Certification.
  • Minimum one (1) year secretarial experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and equipment to include typewriter, copy machine, fax machine, computer, etc.
  • Knowledge with law enforcement a plus.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to demonstrate good communication skills, written and oral.
  • Ability to maintain a professional relationship with the general public and other employees.
  • Ability to demonstrate good organizational skills.



February Veteran of the Month: Mr. Terry Corkins

Mr. Terry Corkins: Sturgis, SD 

Service years: 1984-1991

Mr. Corkins joined the Army at the age of 21.  He was first sent to Fort Knox, KY and Fort Benning, GA. His career field was a M1 Armor Crewman which is responsible for operating armored equipment, such as the tanks used to destroy enemy positions. 

Mr. Corkins served a tour in Korea for one year. He was then sent to Fort Polk, Louisiana where he finished his time and was then honorably separated from the military. 

Mr. Corkins has been awarded: 

  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Army Lapel Button
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Army Achievement Medal  (1st Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • National Defense Service Medal

Following his military service he came back home to South Dakota where he worked as in varied professions to include: long haul truck driver and construction worker. The call to service was ever echoing and he has been the caretaker supervisor at the Black Hills National Cemetery for the past 17 years.  At times, he has also served as the acting director at the Black Hills National Cemetery in the absence of an appointed director.

Mr. Corkins is a member of the local American Legion in Sturgis. He plays a mean game of darts and watches baseball - but overall, he really enjoys spending time with his family and particularly his grandson. 

Notes from Commissioner Ted Seaman

On Wednesday, February 22, the Meade County Commission held the 2nd meeting of February 2017.  Four commissioners were present with commissioner Galen Niederwerder absent due to an illness. The agenda was light, so it was a fairly short meeting.  

After waiting several years, the Black Hawk Sidewalk Project was finally approved by the the SD Department of Transportation.  The County Highway Superintendent also informed the Commission that the Wyrich Bridge over Bear Butte Creek is ready to be replaced and work should begin this year. 

Mr. Terry Corkins was awarded Meade County Veteran of the Month and several of his friends and fellow veterans came to support and applaud him for his accomplishments.  

Once again, the Elkview Campground transfer of a malt beverage license was deferred. A variance for a large on premise sign for Rushmore Equipment was denied by the Commission. 

Veteran of the Month - December 2016


Mr. Darrel Barry: Union Center, SD 

Marine Service years: 1951-1954

Mr. Barry’s grandfather homesteaded near Union Center, SD.  Mr. Barry attended rural schools and graduated from New Underwood High School with a class of sixteen - to include 8 boys and 8 girls.  

After high school, he worked for Gossard Dirt Work running large equipment.  Knowing the draft notice was coming; he enlisted in the Marines. While at Boot Camp, the Army attempted to draft him - though all too late. 

He was sent to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow in California.  Back then, they had to take a train to their training sites.  After Boot Camp, he went to 29 Palms to continue with his heavy equipment experience and training where he was part of building the rifle ranges.  Interestingly enough; years later his son was able to train on these same ranges. 

Mr. Barry was eventually ship bound for Japan and Korea.  During part of this time, he worked on a crane slinging mail. This duty had previously caused issues for others assigned this task, but not for him.  Other duty assignments included being a prison guard at a high security prison.  

Following military service, he returned back to the family ranch. During this time, he unknowingly met his future bride to be.  He loved apple pie and she was the one that keep making them. Years later while Mr. Barry was working at the Sturgis Sale Barn, they reconnected and married in 1957.  

Eventually, he moved the family home to continue to work the family ranch. He too worked for Western Cattle Company, various ranches, drove truck, worked at the county highway shop and was a brand inspector. At the age of 84 he was finally told to retire. 

Mr. Barry and Viola have 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 4 great grand children. Mr. Barry's hobbies and loves include horses, trail rides, rodeo, and most important is spending time with his family.